After a brief hiatus, the Museum of Me is back open this month with a…
It’s time for a new installment in the Museum of Me and this month it’s about the words or expressions from my childhood that still echo in my head. Because that’s not an exercise in emotional upheaval, right?
In thinking about it, I heard the usual expressions . . .
you sound like a herd of elephants coming down the stairs
be careful or your face will freeze like that
we don’t have a money tree in the backyard, you know
I also heard some expressions that maybe weren’t so great to say to a kid . . .
someday you won’t be able to eat whatever you want without gaining weight
stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about
don’t make me get the belt (that was mostly said to one of my brothers and not me)
But, fortunately, the expression I remember most and that resonated with me the most was . . .
you can be whatever you want to be when you grow up
and the companion expression for that phrase . . .
you will be the first in our family to go to college
I thought about that a lot and imagined all kinds of extraordinary things I could be . . . an astronaut or a hot shot lawyer or even President but, as it turns out, I wanted to be something pretty ordinary. A librarian.
And I’m grateful I had the support and encouragement to make that dream come true.